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Utah Artists Project
The Utah Artists Project is part of the digital initiative work at the J. Williard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The goal of the project is “to improve access to information about and knowledge of the work of Utah’s most prominent visual artists.” The project began with a core list of 200 artists, and since then it has grown significantly. Each entry features biographical information, images of key artworks, and archival materials. A good place to start here is the entry for Anna C. Bliss, a nonrepresentational artist whose work examines ideas about color perception and geometry. The categories of art included here are a diverse, including furniture making, mixed media, and textiles. New material is added to the site on a regular basis, and it’s worth bookmarking for a return visit or two.
As a photographer, Joel shoots like a fellow musician. Bernstein blends in, using all the resources of his understanding of the songs, the instruments, the subject, and the people. There is soul and movement and most of all, music, in every one of Joels images. This is what it looked like, and this is what it felt like. These are truthful angels. ~ Cameron Crowe, director of Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire
Tacoma Community History Project
Community histories have become increasingly popular, and this interdisciplinary project from the University of Washington-Tacoma is part of that growing trend. The materials here include oral histories gathered by students working under the direction of Professor Michael Honey for his undergraduate and graduate courses. This collection contains 50 oral histories, and visitors can explore all of them via an interactive map or the Explore By Communities tab. It is worth noting that the histories
include other communities within south Puget Sound, such as Gig Harbor and University Place. Some of the titles here include “Italians in Hilltop” and “A Blue Collar Town: The Tacoma Labor Movement.” The materials date back to 1991 and include transcripts of each interview. Finally, the About area contains information about student involvement in the project, along with information on community involvement and engagement. http://content.lib.washington.edu/tacomacommweb/index.html
Leaked MPAA Memo Reveals TV-Shack Press Strategy
A leaked memo from the MPAA shows how movie industry insiders are being briefed to respond in media interviews on the extradition case of TV-Shack admin Richard ODwyer. In the talking points the MPAA describes the UK student as a deliberate criminal while mocking his wardrobe. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who launched a petition to stop the extradition, is called out as presumptuous by the movie industry group.
Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection
The Louisiana Digital Library has a wide array of historical collections that document everything from Acadian culture to the vibrancy of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. This particular collection brings together photographs of Natchez from photographers Henry Norman, Henry Gurney, and Earl Norman. Visitors can make their way through over 160 images here, such as shots of barbershops, prominent buildings, distinguished antebellum mansions, and scenes of everyday life. The informal photos are quite wonderful; visitors shouldn’t miss “Card game” or the “Children and Snowmen” image. As a whole, the collection answers a number of compelling questions, including “How did people dress to have their pictures taken?” and “What did Natchez-Under-The-Hill look like in the late 1800s?”
Woz rips “the Cloud”
Apple co-founder Wozniak predicts ‘horrible problems’ with cloud computing. “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.
“I want to feel that I own things,” Wozniak said. “A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”
Cabinet of Wonders
The noted musician and impresario John Wesley Harding has created a new
variety show for National Public Radio. It’s called “Cabinet of Wonders” and
on the program’s home page, it says that the show will “make you laugh,
think and sing along. Sometimes all at once.” The program is recorded live at the City Winery in New York City, and so far performers on the have included John Hodgman, Colson Whitehead, Rick Moody, and Edie Brickell. Visitors can listen to each show in its entirety here, or download the programs at their leisure. Each program features a brief description of the performance, along with related links and other resources.
Simply put, Seaquence is “an experiment in musical composition”. It’s a
rather modest way to describe this truly unique online experience. By
adopting a biological metaphor, visitors can “create and combine musical
lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition.” There are visual
“creatures” on the site which can be manipulated by users as they are encouraged to add different elements to the creation “dish” here. The combination of different creatures results in unique musical compositions that always change as they move about the screen. There’s a demonstration in the About area, which is a great way to learn about how the different controls work. After completing a composition via their creatures, visitors can save each composition by clicking “share” so they can send them along tofriends and other creative types. http://www.seaquence.org/
From The Byrds To The Eagles [1-7]
Scientists discover virus that kills all grades of breast cancer ‘within seven days
Irish Museum of Modern Art
If you’ve been thinking that art in Ireland is all penny whistles and fiddlers and maybe some lace, it’s time to pay a visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). IMMA displays its collection “in rotating temporary exhibitions, exploring the work of individual artists in solo displays, and through curated group exhibitions.” Currently, Time out of Mind: Works from the IMMA Collection is on view at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. At the IMMA website, wander the Museum’s wings by taking one of the four
virtual tours provided: Mindful Media, work from the 1970s by New York-based
Irish artist Les Levine; the Madden Arnholz Collection – old master prints collected by Fritz (Colm) Arnholz and Etain Madden Arnholz, an early donation to the IMMA; paintings made in the last 10 years by Philip Taaffe; and Twenty: Celebrating 20 Years of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The Permanent Collection Database is under construction, and a search feature should be released this year.
Human cycles: History as science
For the past 15 years, Turchin has been taking the mathematical techniques that once allowed him to track predatorprey cycles in forest ecosystems, and applying them to human history. He has analysed historical records on economic activity, demographic trends and outbursts of violence in the United States, and has come to the conclusion that a new wave of internal strife is already on its way. The peak should occur in about 2020, he says, and will probably be at least as high as the one in around 1970. I hope it won’t be as bad as 1870, he adds.
Nature 488, 2426 ( 02 August 2012 )
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